Authors: Finucane, S; Gallinger, R


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Finucane, S & Gallinger, R 2006, 'Elephants and Ancients ⎯ A Case Study in Sustainable Closure Planning at the Mupane Gold Mine, Botswana', in AB Fourie & M Tibbett (eds), Mine Closure 2006: Proceedings of the First International Seminar on Mine Closure, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 793-801,

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The Mupane Gold Mine (Mupane) is located 30 km southeast of Francistown, close to the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe (Figure 1). The mine is operated by Mupane Gold Mining (Pty) Ltd (MGM), a subsidiary of Toronto-based IAMGOLD Corporation. Although the site was only opened in February 2005 and operations are expected to continue for another seven years, considerable work has already gone into planning for the site’s closure. This has occurred because MGM recognises that mine closure not only needs to involve rehabilitation, but increasingly needs to address ongoing environmental and socio-economic issues. This paper describes the key issues associated with sustainable mine closure planning at Mupane. Figure 1 Location map Mine Closure 2006 ― Andy Fourie and Mark Tibbett (eds) © 2006 Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, ISBN 0-9756756-6-4 Mine Closure 2006, Perth, Australia 793

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